How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil

How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil

You can also propagate roses with cuttings. You don’t have to buy overpriced varieties at the garden center. Just ask your garden neighbor to give you some cuttings and try it out.

Propagate roses: What you need

How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil
  • a cutting (from the rosebush or a bouquet of flowers)
  • a pair of garden shears with a sharp and sterile blade (available for example at **Avocadostore)
  • peat-free soil
  • a flower pot
  • clay shards
  • a small shovel (a complete starting package is available for example at **Avocadostore)
  • water


What you need to know about rose propagation


Method: There are different methods to propagate roses. While nurseries and professional growers propagate their roses using a grafting process, the much easier and less labor intensive cutting method is recommended for the amateur gardener.
Rose type: Simple, robust, rootless types are more suitable than sensitive hybrid roses or noble roses.
Season: Summer is the ideal season to cut and plant cuttings, because by then the young shoots are already woody.


Step 1: Cut the shoot

How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil

How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil

Find a young, well-woody shoot and cut a piece of about 20 centimeters, at a 45-degree angle. The cutting should have several “eyes” – that is, the place where two branches or leaves emerge – and be about as thick as a pencil. Separate the flower, if present, and the first pair of leaves above a well-grown leaf or young shoot. Then remove all the leaves in the lower part.

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Step 2: Fill pot with soil

How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil

Next, add a few shards of clay to the flower pot and fill it with potting soil. The shards are to prevent the substrate from being washed out when watering. Sandy potting soil or garden soil is best. You can also just take regular potting soil and mix in sand to plant the rose cutting.

Attention. Please make sure to buy peat-free soil (you can get it at **Avocadostore), because peat mining also irrevocably destroys the bog with all its plants and small animals.

Step 3: Plant the rose seedling

How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil

Once the preparations are complete, you can carefully drill the rose cutting about five centimeters into the soil. Only the upper leaves should still be sticking out. This will allow enough roots to form and provide the cutting with important nutrients.

Step 4: Watering

How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil

Now you just need to water the cutting properly and find a semi-shady spot for it. You can create ideal conditions for rooting by placing a large jar or cucumber jar over it and keeping it moist at all times. This creates a microclimate in which cuttings thrive.

Step 5: Wait


Weeks may pass before it becomes clear whether the cutting has taken root and the propagation of your rose has been successful. During this time, you should not be tempted to pull on the cutting to check, as this could damage the delicate filamentous roots. If it turns brown or even black, the propagation has failed, sprout the first lush green leaves, you can be happy about a successful rose propagation.

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Potato as a starting aid for the rose cutting


If you want to give your cutting a natural start, you can simply stick it in a potato and bury it with the potato in the potting soil. A potato not only contains important nutrients, but also provides the ideal amount of moisture.

Instructions for roses propagate with potatoes:

  • Drill a hole in the potato.
  • Insert the stem of your rose cutting into it.
  • Now bury the potato with the rose about five to ten centimeters deep in a pot with potting soil.
  • Water it vigorously.


Bouquet – much too good to throw away

How To Propagate Roses With Cuttings: In A Potato Or In Soil

Cuttings do not necessarily have to be cut from rose bushes in the garden. Try using flowers from a bouquet! They are also suitable for propagation and – with a little luck – will give you many years of pleasure.

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